Manchester

Pair jailed for kidnap and torture of man in Salford

Ashley Clarke and Alexander Valensky
Image caption Both men admitted charges including kidnap and wounding

Two men have been jailed for kidnapping and torturing a Vietnamese businessman for a £150,000 ransom.

Manchester Crown Court heard how Thai Bin Dong was visiting family in Salford when he was bundled into a car at gunpoint last November.

Ashley Clarke, 22, of Barkway Road, Stretford, and Alexander Valensky, 22, of no fixed abode, admitted charges including kidnapping and blackmail.

Clarke was jailed for 11 years and Valensky for seven-and-a-half years.

Both men admitted kidnapping, blackmail, wounding with intent, false imprisonment and attempted blackmail.

Greater Manchester Police said Mr Dong, 27, was leaving a flat at the Fusion Apartments in Salford in his car, when he noticed a dark car with four men inside following him out.

As he waited for the gates to the flats to open, one of the men got out and punched through the passenger window of his car.

Mr Dong managed to drive off but was followed along Middlewood Street and on to Oldfield Road.

The gang caught up with him near a Chinese warehouse, blocking his car in and pulling him out of his car before bundling him into the back of theirs.

Police said Mr Dong was punched, threatened and bitten before they put a bag over his head and drove him to an address in Mossley Road in Ashton-under-Lyne.

He was repeatedly kicked, branded with hair straighteners and had boiling water poured over his feet.

The gang then forced him to call his family and ask them for a ransom - of which his brother managed to pay £8,000.

Mr Dong managed to escape when he was briefly left alone, by untying the cable around his hands and running to a house next door.

He spent three days in hospital.

Det Sgt Del Schofield said: "The impact of this incident on the victim cannot be overstated, so it is only right that these offenders have today been given lengthy sentences.

"Since the police received the report, we have had to work very hard on this investigation, and I hope today's result will help the victim's recovery."

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